2018 LINEUP

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Mob Bounce

 

Mob Bounce is a Hip Hop duo that formed in the later half of 2010 with the release of their, “Mixed Blood Mixtape.” Before the mixtape release, Travis Adrian Hebert and Craig Frank Edes had been writing & recording music since 2004. Craig is Gitxsan and Travis is Cree/Metis. The two Aboriginal artists have exceptional experience in playing guitar and drums, and have blended their musicianship with elements of Electronic Dance Music (E.D.M.), and Hip Hop production; they incorporate aspects of a Cultural identity with an Artistic identity by experimenting with free toning(Chanting), and a Cultural soundscape influenced by sounds of Nature. 

This Way North

 

It's easy to forget that This Way North is a two-piece band. Drummer/vocalist Cat Leahy and guitar/vocalist Leisha Jungalwalla create an expansive sound that translates effortlessly from the studio to the stage.

 

Currently of no fixed address, Cat and Leisha are enjoying life on the road, but one thing is evident: their sound/their home is on the stage. Whether in a dive bar or national Festival, This Way North plays with passion and energy, building a sound that is big, rhythmic, spacious, and saturated with summer.

 

Jerry Leger & The Situation

 

At heart, Canadian singer-songwriter Jerry Leger is driven by a quest to convey in his own manner the purity embedded in the grooves of the vintage rock, country and blues recordings he so dearly loves. This trait attracted support from fellow singer/songwriters like Doug Paisley, Jim Lauderdale, Ron Sexsmith (who has called him “one of the best songwriters I’ve heard in quite some time”) and his staunchest ally, producer and label head Michael Timmins of Cowboy Junkies, who signed Jerry to his label, Latent Recordings in 2013. He has been called “one of Canada’s best” by Exclaim! and a “gifted storyteller” by The Toronto Star.

Crooked Creek

 

Rocky Lakner and Donny Millikin, the son of Jack Millikin "The Grandfather of Ness Creek", are two of the Crooked Creek scribes, best buddies and song writing masters, with an on and off stage chemistry that is uncontainable, comical, clever and entertaining. Joined by long-time friend Kelly Reid and with nearly forty years of musical glory, this local favourite and Ness Creek house band will be sure to get you on your feet and steal your heart away.

Kobo Town

 

Founded and fronted by émigré Trinidadian songwriter Drew Gonsalves, Kobo Town’s music has been variously described as “an intoxicating blend of lilting calypsonian wit, dancehall reggae and trombone-heavy brass” (Guardian) and a “unique, transnational composite of rhythm, poetry and activist journalism.”(Exclaim!) At once brooding and joyous, intensely poetic and highly danceable, Gonsalves' songs betray deep roots in Caribbean folk music, while the band delivers them with an indomitable energy that has earned them a considerable following far beyond the niche of world music enthusiasts and calypso fans.

Hooded Fang

 

Dap Records is proud to announce the arrival of Dynasty Horse, the sixth studio release by Hooded Fang. The new album brings dark, driving rhythms, ethereal synths, and poetic storytelling that share heroic stories of struggle and resilience. Lyricists April Aliermo and Daniel Lee each honour family members by recounting their families' lives back in the motherland (The Philippines, Germany, Surinam), chronicle journeys of migration, and reveal times of triumph.

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